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My Brother and I experienced a knockdown of our Cal 29 whist sailing from Woods Hole Ma to Nantucket. We were reefed at the second when we left Woods Hole, and when we cleared the lee into the Sound we realized we had made a mistake. The wind was blowing hard 20k with 6-8ft seas and building. We squirted out into the sound like a bullet close hauled, and I thought we could make Vineyard Haven, about 6 miles. When we were about 2 miles from the Vineyard, and relative safety, my brother clambered below to grab something, about the time he was clearing the hatch we were hit by a gust of 40+ knots. We stuck the spreaders in the water, and my bro was pinned to the windows. This scared us bad enough to drop the main, and sail the rest of the way in on the jib and motor.
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Depends on your boat but its usually better results to loose the jib and leave the main up - possibly reefed. The helm can more easily be overpowered by the jib alone.
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That sounds good, and we'll experiment with it for sure. The only experiece we'd had like this was in a 23' seafarer, and we found that the seafarer sailed easier with just a storm jib when the wind got nasty..Since this incident we've always started with less sail on a windy day and then increased the sail area if we felt comfortable.
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Depends on your boat but its usually better results to loose the jib and leave the main up - possibly reefed. The helm can more easily be overpowered by the jib alone.
I'd also point out that leaving just the jib up will result in lee helm generally, and if you fall of... you're done.

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That is why I will NEVER leave Lake Lanier for sailing..
40 ft waves?
I get scared of 2 feet waves...

40 ft waves? My Catalina 25's mast isn't even 25 feet tall.. yikes.
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No comments huh?

I get thrown around 'riding' the waves back to the marina... very scary..
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So what's the story dude!?!?


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We sailed in the Chicago Mac in 1981 - the year Dennis C admitted it to be a humbling experience. We were on a Heritage One-Ton with a 58 foot mast. There was a fleet-mate a couple of wave crests to our stbd. On the troughs, we could not see his mast. Winds were 70 knots for over 7 hours and waves were mamoth. Really glad when we docked in Mackinaw.
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So what's the story dude!?!?
All I am saying is.. how to you sail a 25ft boat with 40ft waves?
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